Roots of the Faith – The Inspiration of Scripture

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, Oct 26th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

What do we mean by the inspiration of Scripture?

  • 2 Tim 3:16
  • 2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Scripture has God as its author
  • Scripture was written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Spirit worked through human authors.
    • Real people with real personalities
    • They remembered the events as they wrote
    • Did interviews (Luke)
    • Thought through it. Planned it out (Organization)
    • Revealed their own frustrations and short comings (Paul)
  • All Scripture is inspired
    • All Scripture means all words
  • Because of inspiration, we know the Bible is totally true

All Scripture is God-breathed, because the Holy Spirit super intended the biblical authors as they composed their writings, the Word of God.

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allison 

This is what theologians are referring to when they talk about the “inspiration” of Scripture: the idea that God “breathed into” the biblical writers. He did this by His Spirit: “Spirit” being the Greek word pneuma, meaning “breath.” So when God “breathed into” the writers of Scripture in this way, God was ensuring that what they wrote was what He wanted to say—and nothing else.

https://www.ligonier.org/podcasts/simply-put/the-inspiration-of-scripture

Key Theological Terms

  • plenary inspiration – all scripture
  • verbal inspiration – all the words of Scripture
  • concursive inspiration– the Spirit and the human authors wrote together

Evidence of inspiration in the Old Testament

  • Moses understood God had given him the Word- Deut. 1:3
  • All the prophets – “Thus saith the Lord”

Evidence of inspiration in the New Testament

Jesus promised the coming of future truth and knowledge (New Testament)

  • The Spirit will come (and do) – John 14:25-26, John 16:12-15
  • The Spirit came (and did) – 1 Cor. 2:6-10
  • Through the Lord – 1 Thess. 4:1-3

Peter considered the writings of Paul as from God

  • The other Scriptures – 2 Peter 3:15-26

What now?

  • Scripture is from God, so therefore it has a divine authority.
  • Therefore it has to be true
  • We must embrace, consume, and live out the Word
  • We should treat it as “God breathed” and inspired by the Holy Spirit
  • The same Spirit that inspired the Word now abides and fills each believer.

Q & A with Pastor Jon: Can we trust the Bible?

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time utilized to answer questions that I have been asked over the course of my ministry. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists, and other resources at our Church Website.

Yes, we can trust the Bible

  • God has preserved His Word through the ages.
  • The Bible is His Word for us today.
  • We need nothing else and we there is no need to look for any other revelation. (No new word is coming)
  • Therefore, WE CAN TRUST THE BIBLE AS THE WORD OF GOD.

I. The Scriptures. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience

Abstract of Principles  – The historic statement of faith of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, written and adopted in 1858.

The Scriptures – The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000

John 17:17

2 Tim 3:16-17

Matt. 5:18; 24:35

1 Pet. 1:22-25

“If we are to trust God and obey Him absolutely, we must have a collection of words that we are certain are God’s own words to us.  If there are any sections of Scripture about which we have doubts whether they are God’s words or not, we will not consider them to have absolute divine authority and we will not trust them as much as we would trust God Himself.” 

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994), pg. 54

Canon – Literally means a rule or standard for testing straightness. The term is most closely associated with the collection of the 66 books of the Bible that the church has recognized as the written and inspired Word of God.

  • In Standard – The standard of faith for the church.
  • In Content – The correct collection and list of inspired books.

Therefore, to say we have the Canon of Scripture is to say we believe that the Holy Bible is all that God has intended us to have for His inspired Word.  We will find no new letter, we will receive no new revelation, we should recognize no other books as from God Himself.

The Bible is One Book

  • It is both one book and many books.
  • It has unity and diversity.
  • It has many human authors for its parts, it is primarily one book by God Himself.
  • God used the many authors over a period of approximately 1500 years to write the Bible progressively, each building on what has already been given.
  • Since it is an infallible unity, all parts agree.

The Bible Has Two Testaments

  • The most obvious and significant division in the Bible is that it has two large sections known as testaments.
  • A testament is a covenant between God and Man.
  • The first is the Old Testament.
  • It revolves around the special covenant which God made with Israel, described in the first 5 books.
  • The rest of the O.T. shows how Israel broke that covenant and how God was preparing for a new and better covenant.
  • The New Testament revolves around the New Covenant which Jesus instituted to fulfill the Old Covenant.
  • The OT looks forward to the NT
  • The N.T. consists of the 4 Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation.

 The Bible Has Been Preserved

  • The actual original parchments and papyri have long ago perished, but the inspired Word has been preserved by God through the ages.
  • The is called providential preservation.
  • There are no lost books, sentences, words or even letters.
  • It is the means of salvation and the main means of revelation in this age.

For Further Study

Bibliology – The Bible

  • From the Series: An Introduction to Christian Belief: A Layman’s Guide

What is the Bible? – Basic Truths Series

  • Christian Communicators Worldwide

Q & A with Pastor Jon – “How does God speak to us?”

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time I utilize that looks directly at Scripture to answer questions that I have been asked over the course of my ministry.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church Family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists, and other resources at our Church Website.

Scripture For Study

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

INTRO

  • Phrases I have heard over the years:
    • Before making a decision…”I am waiting on a Word from God.”
    • “God spoke to me the other day.”
    • “God spoke to me in a dream.”

  • DOES GOD SPEAK TODAY?
    •  Yes, He does.

Psalm 19GOD SPEAKS

  • General Revelation – vv. 1-6
  • Special Revelation – vv. 7-9
Psalm 19

	[1] The heavens declare the glory of God,
		and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
	[2] Day to day pours out speech,
		and night to night reveals knowledge.
	[3] There is no speech, nor are there words,
		whose voice is not heard.
	[4] Their voice goes out through all the earth,
		and their words to the end of the world.
	In them he has set a tent for the sun,
	[5] 	which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
		and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
	[6] Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
		and its circuit to the end of them,
		and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

	[7] The law of the LORD is perfect,
		reviving the soul;
	the testimony of the LORD is sure,
		making wise the simple;
	[8] the precepts of the LORD are right,
		rejoicing the heart;
	the commandment of the LORD is pure,
		enlightening the eyes;
	[9] the fear of the LORD is clean,
		enduring forever;
	the rules of the LORD are true,
		and righteous altogether.
	[10] More to be desired are they than gold,
		even much fine gold;
	sweeter also than honey
		and drippings of the honeycomb.
	[11] Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
		in keeping them there is great reward.

	[12] Who can discern his errors?
		Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
	[13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
		let them not have dominion over me!
	Then I shall be blameless,
		and innocent of great transgression.
	
	[14] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
		be acceptable in your sight,
		O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (ESV)

A few of the “ways” people listen for God to speak (you can google “how does God speak to us”)

  • Through His Word (The Bible)
  • An audible voice
  • Circumstances
  • Impressions
  • Angels (God’s Messenger’s)
  • Creation/Nature
  • Visions
  • Dreams
  • Godly Counsel

A few points to ponder:

  • REMEMBER… GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL WE NEED! –
2 Peter 1:3 -  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 
  • As always… we must think through this biblically and theologically.
  • God does utilize other means to encourage and strengthen us in our faith.
  • God has always spoken with the authority.
    • Through His Decrees
    • Through His Prophets
    • Through Jesus Christ
    • Through His Word… the Bible
  • Today, our authority is found in His Word… The Bible.
    • KEY WORD AUTHORITY
    • It is not one of many
    • It is the ONE.
  • No other means should compromise the Word we have already received.
    • When we value and seek out the other means… the Bible will be less of authoritative in our daily life.  We will begin to seek the “other means”
      • Small still voice
      • Impression
      • Wise counsel
      • Dreams
      • A word in my prayer time
  • LIFT HIGH THE WORD!!!!!
    • Trust in the Word
    • Advice and wise counsel are fine, but the Word is our place of real authority
    • An impression and feeling may be God confirming His presence and peace in our life, but feelings should not dictate and guide the course of our life.
    • A thought or dream (our mind) can obviously be used of God to confirm a reality from His Word, but looking for a fresh word in a vision and dream diminishes the sufficiency of the Word of God.
    • The Word is enough!

A deeper look at the progressive nature of God speaking. (From a Sermon in August)